Now that New York Comic Con has ended and I can safely close my eyes without seeing a Harley Quinn or Deadpool cosplay in my mind, its time to get on down to some crushing Heavy Metal news. For instance, the guys in Machine Head have just announced a series of shows that will make you slaver for some time in the circle pit. Take a look down below and I will see you at the close.
The Press Release:
Let Freedom Ring! After what seemed like an eternity, MACHINE HEAD are thrilled to announce the much anticipated North American tour, celebrating the Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary on the heels of what is already shaping up to be one of the monster European/UK tours of 2019!!!
It’s been a couple of years since Decapitated has been over here to pummel our Metal senses with their throttling presentation and that makes me happy to share the news that they are in fact returning for a number of interesting dates for the masses. The first group finds the group on the headlining stage with two bands that I have not yet heard of while the second grouping finds them supporting the always devastating At The Gates. Whew, I hope Metalkind can withstand this sort of assault. Check out the poster and the press release and then I will return for some additional thoughts.
The Press Release:
Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED, will return to conquer North America once again this upcoming January! Just prior to being direct support to AT THE GATES on their U.S. tour, the band will do their own headlining run with support coming from BLACK BREATH and THEORIES.
Founding guitarist Vogg comments:
“We’re very excited to announce that we will be returning to North America in January and February as a part of the AT THE GATES tour, along with our first headline dates in over 3 years. As you probably know due to unexpected problems with U.S.C.I.S. we were forced to cancel our tour with SOULFLY in October this year. We can’t wait to get back and play for our loyal fans all over North America and we hope to see you there! Nothing will stop us this time!!!”
Artist: Decapitated Venue: Irving Plaza (New York, NY) Opener: The Faceless, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders, Vital Remains Date: 6/20/2010 Label: Nuclear Blast Records
I had just closed up a very busy month of July with shows like Charred Walls of The Damned, Soilwork, Fear Factory and last night’s Michael Schenker Show and figured that all were a pretty solid representation of Metal’s elite. Of course I’m not even counting the shows I missed such as the mighty Brits of Iron Maiden, but here we were ready to continue the Metal adventuring and what better way to start than with the annual Summer Slaughter tour. I am not sure when this event first came into being but I did begin documenting it for the Metal Republic when Black Dahlia Murder headlined. It’s usually on one long day but last year had been separated into two days with some bands appearing at one show while others would be scheduled for the next. This year it was back to one lengthy presentation and with this being the case would start very early. The headliner would be a rebuilt Decapitated and their direct support would come via The Faceless and All Shall Perish. The slaughter for 2010 would also feature The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Animals As Leaders, Carnifex, and many more. I arrived as early as I could to document the maximum amount of bands and as I walked into the rechristened Irving Plaza discovered that Vital Remains were already on the stage. Continue reading Decapitated @ Irving Plaza (8/1/2010): “Summer Slaughter” Tour 2010→
Artist: Vader Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: Decrepit Birth, Augury, Warbringer, Swashbuckle, Date: 11/7/2009 Label: Nuclear Blast Records
The last time Vader had toured in the USA they were participating in the Summer Slaughter Tour and were sharing the stage with Kataklysm, Black Dahlia Murder and Cryptopsy along with a host of other up and coming powerhouse Metal bands. The band sounded fantastic but would only play a meager twenty minute set and this left the audience screaming for more and also a little bit cheated since many had actually come to the show exclusively for the Vader appearance. Since that time the band has joined up with Nuclear Blast Records and just recently released their latest album “Necropolis” and armed with this would embark on the Masters Of Death tour with label mates Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, The Amenta, Augury and Rose Funeral. That was a seriously heavy roster and we were happy to be a part of it. Here is how the night went down. Continue reading Vader @ Blender Theater at Gramercy (11/7/2009)→
Artist: Decapitated Title: “Humans Dust” Label: Metal Mind Productions Release Date: 7/8/2008 Genre: Technical Death Metal Rating: 4/5
In the world of Extreme Technical Death Metal there were definitely few bands that were as capable as the guys in Decapitated. They were young, and on top of their game very early into their career and this DVD is chock full of treats for their fans to slaver over since it gives them three concert appearances with their first singer Sauron and each tune is more intense than the last. It presents the band across the span of a couple of years and begins with a show filmed in 2002 while the band was on tour with Vader and Krisiun (wow, talk about a killer show) and the band is definitely on point as they pummel the audience with brain dizzying riffs. Of course one can find amusement as the fans are mostly just head banging as opposed to being immersed in a pit to end all pits, and the more I see these videos from Metal Mind Productions I am convinced that doing such a thing is prohibited while filming is taking place. The 2002 show features the greatness of “Winds Of Creation” and “Suffer The Children” and while Vogg’s riffs are capable of searing the flesh the drumming of Vitek just drives the intensity home. The shooting of this show is a little bit frenetic and finds the band being swapped around from member to member very quickly. This might bother some viewers but I like this kind of music with interesting camera work as opposed to a straight on visual aspect. While the show is rather short, at eight songs it seems more than enough to show the assembled fans that they meant business and we actually adept at what they set out to do. I’m not certain why this was set up in this fashion and instead of being able to flip through the concerts, you essentially watched this main program and then needed to move on to the bonus features for the rest. The great aspect of this would be that ones Metal adventure is only beginning as the last chords of the 2002 show have played. Continue reading “Humans Dust” by Decapitated→